Dead prototypes: Piczle Blocks 3D

This one is painful. What is it? A new logic-puzzle type for the Piczle pantheon, Piczle Cross but in 3D! Imagine the classic nonogram puzzle as played in Piczle Cross Adventure but with an added dimension. How far did it get? I spent quite a bit of time on this, probably because I was willing … Continue reading Dead prototypes: Piczle Blocks 3D

Dead prototypes: Brutris

What is it? A 3D variant of Tetris where, once placed, the blocks together created a procedurally generated Brutalist building. How far did it get? Not very. I created the main play field and was about to start looking into dynamically creating Brutalist textures on the Tetris blocks when... Why kill it? ...the design. For … Continue reading Dead prototypes: Brutris

Dead prototypes: Osmosis DX

It is a truism that game developers have a severe case of greener grass syndrome as soon as a project starts requiring serious work. We all have so many ideas and the temptation is always there to start a new project before you've finished - often even before you've properly started - your current one. … Continue reading Dead prototypes: Osmosis DX

Materials: Preview texture

Piczle Colors was in need of a material that dynamically built a texture for the puzzle "solution reveal", considering there was an option that players could unlock to play randomly generated puzzles. What this post is not about is how I achieved this in Piczle Colors because, lordy...that was...special. I dread to even think about … Continue reading Materials: Preview texture

Materials: Clue numbers

For a change I thought I'd write about a hypothetical, and one of the things I usually do to avoid extra work. Or rather, not just to avoid extra work but to keep it easy to change things on a whim. Let's create a texture for Piczle Cross clue numbers with the minimum amount of … Continue reading Materials: Clue numbers

Further tips for working in Unreal Engine 4

Following on from a previous post that gave some tips on working in UE4 I thought I'd expand a little with a few more tips and tricks. Especially with the recent announcement of UE5 and a new royalty scheme, Unreal Engine is looking more and more like the go-to engine for gamedevs! Everybody has their … Continue reading Further tips for working in Unreal Engine 4

Creating patches (v.1.0.1)

Though every attempt is made to ensure a game is as bug-free on release as possible, it is almost guaranteed some errors will slip through the net. Testing by various parties, myself, QA teams, publishers and eventually users will throw up all manner of little quirks nobody else had noticed. Luckily in these days of … Continue reading Creating patches (v.1.0.1)

Piczle Cross Adventure post-mortem

After every project is "finished", so far as they ever are, I like to look back on the development process and see what I learned, what mistakes I made and what I did well. Though Piczle Cross Adventure has barely been released I thought I'd do a post-mortem on it already, even though at this … Continue reading Piczle Cross Adventure post-mortem

BluePrints: dynamic button graphics

Future-planning when I make my projects mostly revolves around doing a little work right off the bat to avoid tedious work later on. One example I'll give here is for those little buttons you see in the margins of the game that tell you what buttons do what. You'll have seen them in Piczle games. … Continue reading BluePrints: dynamic button graphics